New federal report lauds good preparation over vaccines for bioterror threat

08/25/2003 | American Medical News (subscription required)

A new Institute of Medicine report amends an initial CDC smallpox plan to vaccinate all front-line civilian volunteers if an outbreak occurs. The latest advisory urges communities and hospitals to create flexible plans that focus on the broader bioterror threat. IOM also indicated that the smallpox vaccine should only be given under strict guidelines.

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